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JUST IN: Supreme Court sacks Umaru as Niger East ‎Senator

Declares Mohammed Musa winner

The Supreme Court, on Friday, declared Mohammed Sani Musa, winner of the last election for the Senate held in the Niger-East Senatorial District of Niger State.

The apex court set aside the April 8, 2019, judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which declared Sen. David Umaru, a former Chairman, Senate Committee on Justice, Human Rights and Legal Matters, the valid candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who won the election.

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In a unanimous judgment, a five-man panel of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, upheld arguments by Musa’s legal team, led by Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) to the effect that Musa won the primary of the APC for the election and was the actual candidate for the election.

The apex court allowed the appeal filed by Musa marked: SC/405/2019 and affirmed the February 7, 2019 judgment by Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which declared Musa the validly nominated candidate of the APC for the election.